Cocalico Valley Historical Society
Lancaster County is home to a wealth of amazing history and the Historical Society of Cocalico Valley seeks to preserve an accurate record and engaging memories for Ephrata and surrounding communities for generations to come. Founded in 1957, this independent nonprofit is committed to acquiring and translating historical documents, preserving local artifacts and historical sites, and making the history of Cocalico Valley accessible to the public.
Cocalico Valley Historical Society is an invaluable historical resource to the Cocalico Valley region of Lancaster County. The society maintains both the Theodore R. Sprecher Museum and the William and Jemima Brossman Library and Research Center.
Located in the former Connel Mansion, the Theodore R. Sprecher Museum boasts a beautifully restored 19th century home and a constantly growing collection of historical materials. The William and Jemima Brossman Library and Research Center is located in the former Hamaker Home and is adjacent to the Sprecher Museum. Designed as a library for local history and geneology, the library and research center houses a plethora of printed material to include photographs, books, manuscripts and microfilm.
Whether you want to explore the rich history of the Cocalico Valley for the first time, reminisce on the past, or research your family history, Cocalico Valley Historical Society is the place to be!